The Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, TX is seeking a full-time Physician - Anesthesiologist. To qualify for this position, you must meet the basic requirements as well as any additional requirements (if applicable) listed in the job announcement. Applicants pending the completion of training or license requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Currently employed physician(s) in VA who met the requirements for appointment under the previous qualification standard at the time of their initial appointment are deemed to have met the basic requirements of the occupation. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. Residency Training: Physicians must have completed residency training, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. (NOTE: VA physicians involved in academic training programs may be required to be board certified for faculty status.) Approved residencies are: (1) Those approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), b) OR[(2) Those approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),OR(3) Other residencies (non-US residency training programs followed by a minimum of five years of verified practice in the United States), which the local Medical Staff Executive Committee deems to have provided the applicant with appropriate professional training and believes has exposed the physician to an appropriate range of patient care experiences. Residents currently enrolled in ACGME/AOA accredited residency training programs and who would otherwise meet the basic requirements for appointment are eligible to be appointed as "Physician Resident Providers" (PRPs). PRPs must be fully licensed physicians (i.e., not a training license) and may only be appointed on an intermittent or fee-basis. PRPs are not considered independent practitioners and will not be privileged; rather, they are to have a "scope of practice" that allows them to perform certain restricted duties under supervision. Additionally, surgery residents in gap years may also be appointed as PRPs. Board Certified/Eligible is required Proficiency in spoken and written English. Additional Requirement: Board certification or in process of completing a fellowship in regional anesthesia. Preferred Experience: Experience with regional anesthesia and acute pain. Experience within the last 2 years with upper and lower extremity peripheral nerve blocks and nerve catheters using ultrasound. Experience with neuraxial anesthesia. Experience within the last 2 years of providing anesthesia for vascular surgery (open and endoscopic), orthopedic surgery (total joint arthroplasty and fractures), elecro-physiology and interventional cardiology procedures, Thoracic surgery, Neurosurgery, and out of operating room procedures (MRI, gastrointestinal endoscopy, bronchoscopy and interventional radiology). Experience with Trainees (Anesthesia residents & Student Nurse Anesthetists). Experience working in a collaborative team model of anesthesia care. Demonstrates the ability to perform the clinical and technical aspects of anesthesia care and has in-depth knowledge of anesthesia methods and techniques. 10. Demonstrates the ability to share expertise within or beyond the facility through leadership or as an active participant in interdisciplinary groups (e.g. committees, task forces, projects, formal teaching, publications or other professional activities). References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-8 Physician Assistant Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds, light carrying, under 15 pounds, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (1 hour), kneeling (1 hour), repeated bending (1/2 hour), hearing (aids may be permitted), working closely with others with the possibility of exposure to communicable diseases. ["The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center serves as the primary health care provider for more than 151,000 Veterans in southeast Texas. Houston exudes a cosmopolitan and down-home vibe together that lets the residents of the country's fourth-largest city and third-largest county (Harris) know that there's no place quite like Houston. The city attracts visitors and transplants with a wonderful mix of world class arts, booming business, pro sports and award-winning cuisine. The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center is a smoke-free facility. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. Performs pre-anesthetic evaluations, collaborates with interdisciplinary team to prepare the anesthesia plan, delivers all forms of anesthesia, and provides intra- and post-operative care to patients. Routine Professional Duties: The Staff Anesthesiologist: - Translates the principles of anesthesia practice into appropriate patient care. - Performs the pre-anesthetic patient history and physical, including the collection of preoperative consults and data, performs a patient evaluation and examination from which an appropriate anesthetic plan is formulated. - Communicates the anesthetic risks, benefits, and options to the patient. This is done in the perioperative setting or when stationed the Anesthesia Preoperative Clinic. - Prepares the patient, operating room and/or procedural area for the administration of anesthesia. - Administers inhalation, regional, intravenous, local, and topical anesthetics and continuously evaluates the patient's physical status and response to anesthesia. - Performs post-anesthetic management of patients in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) in order to optimize the recovery from anesthesia and minimize pain. The PACU is medically directed by ACL. - Ensures timely and accurate anesthetic record charting and anesthesia service documentation. - Provides patient care that is abreast of changing concepts and advancements in the profession while working effectively in an interdisciplinary environment for improvement of services for patient care. - Practices with colleagues and peers utilizing a collaborative team concept of anesthesia care while demonstrating effective communication skills and professional behaviors that promote cooperation and interdisciplinary teamwork. This includes guiding and training anesthesia residents, doctoral-level nurse anesthesia students and Medical Students from the Baylor College of Medicine and SRNAs from UT-Houston. - Demonstrates skill in conducting and managing anesthesia for a broad range of surgical procedures and the ability to adapt and modify anesthesia techniques in order to optimize patient care. - Demonstrates the ability to perform the clinical and technical aspects of anesthesia care and has in-depth knowledge of anesthesia methods and techniques. - Provides consultations and assistance for acute and chronic pain problems, difficult invasive line placement, and airway or ventilation concerns. - Effectively blends technology, skills, and competency for the advancement of anesthesia techniques, pharmacology, and equipment. - Applies new developments and theories to recognize and solve various complex anesthesia situations. - Demonstrates the ability to share expertise within or beyond the facility through leadership or as an active participant in interdisciplinary groups (e.g. committees, taskforces, projects, formal teaching, publications or other professional activities). - Participates in the development of the anesthesia patient care audit processes which involves the in-depth review and analysis of anesthesia records. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7 am - 3:30 pm; Post call, late hours, weekends, 24 Hour on call. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized EDRP Authorized: This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. The EDRP coordinator can be reached at Ms. Demetrius Roberts at Demetrius.Roberts@va.gov. Learn more Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.